As an artist and art therapist, being creative is an essential part of life. Creativity is how I best express and organize myself, and frankly I would be lost without this outlet.
Being creative every day is easy – whether cooking a recipe, sketching in a journal, brainstorming ideas or organizing a calendar, you can put your creativity into everything you do! What isn’t easy is dedicating consistent time to making art in this fast-paced, business-focused life.
Something that helps me to make art every day is to add some structure to it. Maybe you see that with your clients, or yourself, having too many options can be overwhelming. I find that placing loose boundaries on a project can help me focus and see it through.
This year I am organizing some of my art-making time by using a little book for weekly art-inspiration – Just One Thing: developing a buddha brain one simple practice at a time by Rick Hanson, PhD. I chose it for it’s simplicity, inspiring messages and it’s structure. There are 52 chapters for each of the 52 weeks in the year, so it’s quite perfect!
The first chapter’s theme that I’ve been reflecting on this week is “Be For Yourself”. It’s a really simple concept, yet it has inspired several evenings of “creativity storms” in my art journal. The book has questions, prompts and instructions for how to put the theme into practice.
Today this sentence has been on my mind: “When you take good care of yourself, then you have more to offer others…” As a therapist, I have this conversation about self-care with many clients, but I appreciate that this was the first theme because it’s an ideal time for me to reevaluate my own self-care practices. New year, new you, right? I’m one of those people who truly believes that everything happens for a reason and with everything that’s going on in my life at the moment, a refocusing on the self seems “meant to be.”
Next week I’ll begin a new focus on “Take in the Good”. I’m really excited about using this book as a weekly inspiration for art-making and journaling, and I hope that it will help me to fulfill my 2015 creative aspirations.
There are some awesome art-inspiration projects going on these days. Here are a few of my favorites:
Creativity in Motion’s Creative Deed 365 Project: https://gretchenmiller.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/introducing-creative-deed-365/ Gretchen writes, “This year I am making small pieces of art (3 x 2.5) to randomly gift to others as acts of kindness and to spread creative goodness to others in the spirit of 6 Degrees of Creativity’s 2014 Creative Deed Project.”
Creative Every day: http://creativeeveryday.com/creative-every-day-challenge You can sign up to be part of the challenge community and Leah provides an optional monthly theme to inspire your creative acts. She also hosts an Art Every Day Month (AEDM) challenge every November: http://creativeeveryday.com/art-every-day-month.
Make Something 365 and Get Unstuck: http://makesomething365.blogspot.com/ The companion site for the books 365: A Daily Creativity Journal and Unstuck: 52 Ways to Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing at Home, at Work & in your Studio from Noah Scalin, creator of Skull-A-Day.
Daisy Yellow has both the time-constraint-free Prompt60 Challenge: http://daisyyellow.squarespace.com/vividlife/prompt60-index.html a growing series of journaling prompts to challenge you with sparks, ideas & quotes, and the Index Card A Day (ICAD) Challenge: http://daisyyellowart.com/icad/icad-faq.html 61 days of creative challenges in the summer
I’d love to hear about what others are using for their daily art inspiration.
Creativity and Blessings to you in the new year!
Don’t miss the Art Therapy Alliance’s 30 Day Art Therapy Facebook Hop in June! Art Heals’ FB page will be featured on June 6th! 🙂
Beginning June 1st, I will be hosting a 30 Day Art Therapy Facebook Hop through the Art Therapy Alliance’s community page. Each day of the month will feature a different art therapy Facebook Page I’ve selected from all over the world!
My hope is that this month long collaborative effort will increase the visibility of art therapy across Facebook. Not only is this a fun way to use social media to promote art therapy, but more importantly, an awesome opportunity to support & celebrate the work of art therapists and strengthen our Facebook community dedicated to this field!
Pages chosen for this Art Therapy Hop are all administered by art therapists or art therapy students with an interest in sharing their own work, program, art expression, or ideas and content they are passionate about and inspired by.
To join in on the hop, just head to Hop Headquarters on Facebook
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What a great idea! Looking forward to this ATC swap 🙂
Make, Swap, & Meet Up!
- You will create 3 Artist Trading Cards to exchange with 3 other community members who are participating in this exchange in San Antonio. Create 3, Receive 3!
- Please make sure your ATCs are…
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Announcing: 2014’s workshop line up for 6 Degrees of Creativity:
6 Degrees of Creativity unites concepts of social networking, connecting, collaboration, art-making, and creativity into an engaged global community of artists exploring transformation and using art for good. 6 Degrees of Creativity will be offered as a self guided 10 month on-line workshop running from March 2014-December 2014 that includes 6 different workshops.
The basic foundation of 6 Degrees of Creativity empowers the idea that we are all closely connected and believe in the potential to make a difference through the power of art and creativity in our own lives, relationships, communities, and world. 6 Degrees of Creativity will offer inspiring techniques, approaches, and ideas to participants related to exploring and empowering this theme.
The 6 Degrees of Creativity network will include an online community to share, discuss ideas, post…
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Apologies for my absence from Art Heals Austin – one of my goals for 2013 was to start a blog and to maintain it for 6 months. Once I reached that goal, I spent the rest of the year focusing on other goals, while maintaining my dedication to the Facebook page. One social media outlet seemed to be enough for the time being…
2013 taught me about running a private practice art therapy business – it takes a lot of energy, list-making, investment, focus, brainstorming, networking, learning, hard work and goal-setting. Last year I also experienced some personal pitfalls – losses of life that impacted my art making and sharing. Sometimes things are best kept private, as privacy maintains the intimacy.
2014 is already jam-packed with new goals and aspirations! I look forward to sharing more projects, events and art-makings with you while highlighting the many ways that art is healing in Austin.
2014 I Am Ready!